|You can further decorate the bangle, as in the picture above, with a length of seed beads on wire (24 or 26 gauge).|
I threaded the beads onto the wire, as before. I didn’t thread the beads onto the yarn/wool. I just held the yarn/wool in my hand, along side the wire, and included as I crocheted between beads.
In this close up you can just about see the yarn/wool. The effect it has is to make the bracelet more substantial. Stitches are tighter and I think it gives a look of opulence.
In this close up you can see the bead cones/caps and toggle clasp I used!
Beads are threaded onto the wire before starting. Once you begin crocheting with the wire, simply crochet, push one or more beads forward and crochet after them, push some more beads forward and crochet after them. Continue until you have about 1 1/2 the length you require.
Crochet two or more strands, as above. Then twist the strands together, quite tightly, until they form a single band. Thread wire through a bead cap/cone, and form a loop around the chosen clasp.
Any beads can be used. This is a fabulous way to use up odds and ends – left over beads from other projects!
|Using No 8 and No 11 seed beads in silver, gold and rose gold
(kind of copper-ish!) I have done each of the 11 strands in a
different colour and size which gives the appearance of being
11 separate bangles!
|Loop should be
over the bead
|To close, TWIST jump ring ends back
together (going slightly past each other
then bring back (they usually click into place)
for a perfect fit!
|Grasp each side of
join using 2 pliers
(flat nose, chain nose
or bent nose)
|To open, TWIST jump ring ends apart.
DO NOT pull apart!
|Correct way to open|
way to open
|Single strand of pearls made with my great grandmother’s 3 stranded choker|
Many years ago, back in the early 1900′s, my great grandmother, Bertha Alves, was a widow bringing up her family of one son and two daughters (one of which was my grandmother, Ida Souza). She had a boarding house in Honolulu, Hawaii and was a seamstress working from home. One of her customers didn’t have the money to pay for the outfit that she had commissioned my grandmother to make for her so in exchange, she gave my grandmother her 3 stranded pearl necklace with the intention of returning to reclaim it when she had the cash. For whatever reason, that never happened and the necklace was handed down to my grandmother and then my mother who has now given it to me.
|The same strand of pearls, twisted into a double strand|
When I found the necklace, it was broken but because it had been hand knotted, between each pearl, there was only one pearl missing. The mother of pearl box clasp was broken as well so I carefully cut each knot to release the pearls, gave them a clean and then re-strung the pearls into one long strand, knotting in between each pearl, using the Beadalon knotting kit with its Easy knotting tool.
|Tie a knot 2/3rds of the way down – ‘flapper-style’|
I originally learned to knot between pearls and precious beads, by hand. But this knotting tool makes it sooooo much faster and easier. It took me less than an hour to re-string these pearls! What a lovely heirloom I have which I can even wear and which I can certainly pass on to the next generation.
I chose to string one long strand because it gives me so much flexibility. I can wear it very long, as is the trend at the moment, as seen in the first picture. I can wear it as a double strand if I want and I can wear it ‘flapper-style’, with a knot in the middle!!
Have a look in your mother’s or grandmother or great grandmother’s jewellery box and see what pieces are worth repairing. Anything that has beauty and/or has a story, is worth repairing!!
|This is one of my favourites! Small antiqued silver coloured resin beads
are sprinkled in amongst the irregular shaped real turquoise nuggets.
|This close up shows the beauty of the veins in the turquoise,
every bead is different in shape, colour and shade!
|Jet 4mm bicone beads are sprinkled antiqued matt gold resin
beads in this sassy little accent piece!
|This close up shows the satiny lustre of the flat ‘old gold’
coloured resin beads and the sparkle of the faceted bicones.
|The mixture of light, medium and dark gray pearls blend with the
black pearls of the ‘charcoal’ pearl assortment to make a statement!
Already my mind is whirling with ideas of other bead assortments to try, like jade nuggets to go with a favourite summer top. Or what about e-beads, or tear drop pearls, or several shades of teal and aqua faceted beads. The list is never ending! What will you try?
|A close up to show you how dense the pearls and crystals are. There are a lot of beads that make up this chunky, luscious bracelet.
Making a Cha Cha Bracelet
You will need:
- Thread each pearl or crystal bead onto a head pin and using round nose pliers, start at the end and roll the head pin until it touches the bead below. As you can see in the photo, there are two rings of wire.
- Thread the pearls and crystal beads onto the stretchy clear cord in a random order.
3. As you thread on more and more, as you will see from the photos above and below, the beads will cluster and squish in together.
4. When you have enough on the stretchy cord to form a bracelet around your wrist, tie a surgeon’s knot. Pull very tight so the knot catches and seal it with clear nail varnish. When dry, trim excess cord.
All beads, findings and cords from Bijoux by Me.
|Choosing glamourous beads for your memory wire cuff means you can have that special ‘little number’ to go with whatever you choose to wear for a ‘night out’! This was another of the pieces featured in last week’s Creative Jewellery show on QVC UK.
Here I have used the cream mix of luscious pearls, Czech mixed faceted sparkling crystals in clear and jet and shiny metallic (silver) seed beads all from Bijoux by me. I’ve used the seed beads to separate beads, framing them and making them stand out. Four or more coils make it more elegant.
It is very quick to create and makes a fabulous gift (if you can bear to give it away!).
To Make a Memory Wire Ring
- Cut the number of coils desired using memory shears (using your wire cutters will damage the blades).
- Form a closed loop at one end of the wire, using round nose pliers.
- Thread on the beads as desired.
- Finish with another closed loop to hold beads in place.
- You can leave the loops at the ends as shown in the picture below or you can add a focal piece as shown in the two pictures above). Thread a head pin through a small bead, then thread through one of the loops at one end of the ring. Thread three or more beads onto the head pin (depending on the size of the beads) until it reaches the other loop at the other end of the ring. Pass through the loop and add another small bead. Then form a loop. Hang one or more small beads on a head pin from the loop just formed.
Here I have used a single coil which slightly overlaps at the back to make a wine glass charm. Make each one different so that your guests will be able to identify their glass. This one has copper seed beads with a pearl and crystal bicone dangling from the front!
All beads and findings from Bijoux by Me. Memory wire from Beadalon.